by Andrew Klavan
Published: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Mystery Thriller
"You probably want to hear about Jennifer and the demons and how I played chicken with a freight train and—oh yeah—the weird murder and how I found out about it—you're definitely going to want to hear about that. But first, I have to tell you about the stupidest thing I ever did . . ."Sam Hopkins is bored with his status as a preacher's kid. So when a group of guys notorious for being in trouble offers him friendship, he accepts. Before long, he has several new skills—including hot-wiring cars.At school, there's an eccentric loner named Jennifer. When Sam defends her from being bullied, she begins to seek him out as her only friend. Her ramblings often seem illogical . . . but then start to contain grains of truth. One leads Sam to discover that one of his new friends has been killed. And then she tells him, "I'm looking for the devil." Sam doesn't know what that means, but he knows it's a matter of life and death that he figure it out.Everyone else thinks Jennifer is suffering from schizophrenia. But Sam is starting to wonder if there could be something prophetic in her words. Discovering the truth is going to be both crazy and dangerous.
My initial reaction for Crazy Dangerous after reading the first few pages is “There is definitely something CRAZY and DANGEROUS on this book!” I was instantly captured by this novel because of the opening. This novel was told via interchanging POVs of Sam and Jennifer, which I can say is both unique and different in a psychological way. Sam is courageous, smart and wants to be free of the father is priest image. I see Sam as a great character in the making but I think he has lack of judgment on the things going on around him, I can say that he do stupid things. Sam wanted to get out of the preacher’s image and decided join a notorious group and that’s when the DANGEROUS things happen. Jennifer’s character is very unstable throughout the whole book which makes you doubt and of her mental ability which where the CRAZY fits in. Jennifer hears things. Things she can’t see things that haunts her during the night. Both character met in a very unconventional way and that started the whole CRAZY DANGEROUS business.
The book was a great mysterious thriller. I keep asking many question throughout the whole book which was answered in the ending. I commend the author for this thrilling novel. It had me on the conclusion; I was constantly frustrated on what is actually happening on the story. I was really horrified by the ending; I was not expecting it which was a big plus throughout my opinion of the book. It had me asking questions and got my answered in the riveting ending. I could not ask for a better ending after that.
All in all I recommend this novel for people who are looking for a mystery/thriller/psychological read. I was bored and intrigued with the start. The main character Sam is brave but lacks judgment but it saves him in the end. The psychological aspect of this book was of commended because of the ending. The author did a great job on writing this novel.
I got this book from the author in exchange for an honest review it has no way affected my review of the book.
About the Author
Award winning author, screenwriter and media commentator Andrew Klavan is the author of such internationally bestselling novels as True Crime, filmed by Clint Eastwood, and Don’t Say A Word, filmed starring Michael Douglas. Andrew has been nominated for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award five times and has won twice. His books have been translated around the world. His latest novel for adults, The Identity Man, has been praised by Nelson Demille as “fast paced, intelligent and thought-provoking; a great read!” Television and radio host Glenn Beck says “Andrew Klavan never disappoints…one of the best illustrations of the power of redemption that I’ve ever read.” His last novel Empire of Lies was about media bias in the age of terror, and topped Amazon.com’s thriller list. Andrew has also published a series of thrillers for young adults, The Homelanders, which follows a patriotic teenager’s battle against jihadists. The books have been optioned to be made into movies by Summit Entertainment, the team behind the mega-successful Twilight film series.
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